Lancet Infectious Diseases Review Examines Male Circumcision, Women and HIV
October 23, 2009
A Lancet Infectious Diseases review examines whether male circumcision has a direct effect on the risk of women becoming infected with the HIV virus. "Although at a population-level, widespread male circumcision will benefit women by reducing their risk of exposure to HIV, there are insufficient data to know whether circumcision directly reduces risk of women becoming infected with HIV," the authors write, concluding, "Expansion of male circumcision services needs to include rigorous monitoring and evaluation to ensure that there are no adverse consequences for female partners of circumcised men" (Weiss/Hankins/Dickson, 11/09).
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